After a long, frustrating decade filled with too many forgettable movie roles to count, Jennifer Aniston provided one of this year’s biggest and best surprises by finally letting loose and getting naughty in Horrible Bosses (2011, R, 1 hr., 38 mins.). All I can say is, it’s about time. Aniston has always been a likable actress and a pro with crack comic timing. But let’s face it: Something about her has always felt a little…small screen. And it hasn’t helped that in the seven years since Friends went off the air, she’s essentially been serving up the same warmed-over Rachel Green shtick in assembly-line comedies like He’s Just Not That Into You, Love Happens, and Just Go With It. That is, until she put on a pair of latex gloves and got grabby in Horrible Bosses. As the lustily inappropriate superior of nice-guy dental assistant Dale (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s hilariously high-pitched Charlie Day), Aniston is a filthy, foul-mouthed revelation. While Jason Sudeikis’ boss (Colin Farrell) is a coke-snorting dimwit and Jason Bateman’s (Kevin Spacey) is a short-fused sadist, Aniston puts them both to shame as a psychotic horndog who gets turned on by making men feel uncomfortable, whether that means wearing next to nothing underneath her white dental coat as she inspects bicuspids or graphically recounting how she pleasured herself while watching Penn Badgley on Gossip Girl the night before. Either way, Aniston’s been playing it safe for so long, it’s a hoot to finally see everyone’s favorite Friend step outside of her comfort zone and soar. She’s so good at being bad, it’s a shame it didn’t happen sooner. B+
NASTY DENTIST Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses (John P. Johnson)
Genre: Comedy; Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Charlie Day; Director: Seth Gordon; Author: John Francis Daley; Release Date Wide: 07/08/2011; Runtime (in minutes): 97; Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted October 5 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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